When an idealistic governor disobeys the reigning feudal lord, he is cast into exile, his wife and children left to fend for themselves and eventually separated by vicious slave traders. Under the dazzling direction of KENJI MIZOGUCHI (Ugetsu), this classic Japanese story became one of cinema’s greatest masterpieces, a monumental, empathetic expression of human resilience in the face of evil. 

Blu-Ray Special Edition Features

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio commentary by Japanese-literature professor Jeffrey Angles
  • Video interviews with critic Tadao Sato, assistant director Tokuzo Tanaka, and legendary actress Kyoko Kagawa, on the making of the film and its lasting importance
  • PLUS: A book featuring an essay by film writer Mark Le Fanu and two versions of the story on which the film was based: Ogai Mori’s 1915 “Sansho Dayu” and a written form of an earlier oral variation
Certificate:
PG
Director:
Kenji Mizoguchi
Region:
B
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
Japanese
Subtitle Languages:

English

Run Time:
124 Mins Approx
studio:
The Criterion Collection
Theatrical Release Year:
2020

Sansho the Bailiff - The Criterion Collection

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When an idealistic governor disobeys the reigning feudal lord, he is cast into exile, his wife and children left to fend for themselves and eventually separated by vicious slave traders. Under the dazzling direction of KENJI MIZOGUCHI (Ugetsu), this classic Japanese story became one of cinema’s greatest masterpieces, a monumental, empathetic expression of human resilience in the face of evil. 

Blu-Ray Special Edition Features

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio commentary by Japanese-literature professor Jeffrey Angles
  • Video interviews with critic Tadao Sato, assistant director Tokuzo Tanaka, and legendary actress Kyoko Kagawa, on the making of the film and its lasting importance
  • PLUS: A book featuring an essay by film writer Mark Le Fanu and two versions of the story on which the film was based: Ogai Mori’s 1915 “Sansho Dayu” and a written form of an earlier oral variation
Certificate:
PG
Director:
Kenji Mizoguchi
Region:
B
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
Japanese
Subtitle Languages:

English

Run Time:
124 Mins Approx
studio:
The Criterion Collection
Theatrical Release Year:
2020

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Samurai greatness

Just like Mizoguchi's other masterpiece 'Ugetsu', this film is an absolute gem of cinema. Any film enthusiast will greatly appreciate the fluent storytelling, the beautiful scenery shots and dramatic storytelling. This all comes in a stunning Criterion package complete with a booklet filled with additional info on the moviemaking process and the films background. To all collectors and film aficionados, this is a must buy!

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